Ticks are gross.
We just pull ours out and then put solution on after.
Sonny had 3 yesterday, I thought I would give him a good check so I felt his neck and there was 3. 1 had exploded or something and there was tiny blood flecks on his white fur.
It is very hard to get stuff to kill them as frontline only lasts 2 weeks and you can only put it on every month, and tick collars last about 6 weeks but they are toxic if you eat them but they wouls be ok if it is the only animal in the house.
You might be able to get different stuff in the US.
The best thing is to just keep checking for them and removing them and check with the vet in that area how at risk of lyme disease there is, think it is quite rare in cats and if needs be get a vaccination.
If there is a risk then next time you get a tick keep it in case you need to show the doctor.
I am becoming a tick expert